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Who is Houston’s new World Cup mid? Reports say it’s this Honduran

Jul 25, 2014, 11:24 AM EST

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Bless you, Chris Canetti.

The Houston Dynamo president earns our praise for the latest MLS storyline that is DaMarcus Beasley’s return to Major League Soccer, but also for giving us soccer sleuths the task of uncovering which other World Cup starter he’s bringing to Texas.

To recap: at the end of the press conference unveiling Beasley as the latest Houston player, Canetti dropped some major hints on the next player tabbed to join the team.

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To recap, from Dynamo Theory:

Glenn Davis asked Chris Canetti to comment on the rumor the Dynamo might be adding another player that has World Cup Experience.

Chris Canetti’s reply was golden, “It is real. We are indeed in late stages of discussions with another player. That ties into the Warren Creavalle trade. We didn’t just trade Warren to move up and get the allocation slot for Beasley. We cleared him because we needed salary cap room for a secondary move. The player we are talking about would be a midfielder in the center of the park where we would’ve seen Warren playing minutes for us going forward.”

He continued, “we’re trying to finish it off, Glenn. He’s a player that is on his country’s national team. His country was in the World Cup, and he started all three games for that country in the World Cup.”

He also mentioned they would be working all through the night to try and get the deal done as quickly as possible.

Alright, so three starts in the middle means the player likely, though not certainly, comes from a team that flamed out in the group stage. Who could it be? Well, there could’ve been a theory that Houston could bring in a Honduran to pair with Boniek Garcia. How about bringing Roger Espinoza back this side of the Atlantic? The midfielder is 27 and has played 30 matches in 1.5 seasons at Wigan.

Or maybe there was a way Canetti could’ve been tricky with American fans: Nantes mid Ale Bedoya played in all four games for the USMNT at the World Cup, but only started three. And while he’s not a center mid, perhaps ‘center of the park’ was a purposefully vague?

As it turns out, the Honduran tip may work out, just with a different player (who did not start in three World Cup matches. Thanks for nothing, Chris).

Garrido, 23, would be likely coming on loan for the third-straight season of his career. A member of Olimpia in Honduras, Garrido was loaned to Deportes Savio (Honduras) in 2011 and Red Star Belgrade in 2013. He’s an aggressive, physical defensive center mid.

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